Headlines fret about the growing obesity epidemic, but what does it mean? How did it happen? And what are the costs?
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Posted 02.24.2009 at 1:50 pm
COUNTING THE CALORIES
Fat Happy Meals: Children should consume only around 1,300 calories a day, or about 430 calories per meal. But kiddie combos at most top fast-food chains far exceed that recommended limit. One meal- chicken fingers, cinnamon apples and chocolate milk from Chili's- delivers 1,020 calories. Here, the percentage of meals on kids' menus that exceeds the 430-calorie limit.
How Many Calories Does the Average American Consume Each Day?: We eat more than we need. Although the average person requires 2,000 calories a day, by one estimate Americans consume 3,766.